Visakhapatnam

Pitch for ‘Fit India’ grows louder during Vizag Navy Marathon

’Green’ run: Beach Road jam-packed with the participants of Vizag Navy Marathon on Sunday.

’Green’ run: Beach Road jam-packed with the participants of Vizag Navy Marathon on Sunday.  

Over 19,000 people from across the country and abroad take part in the event

A sea of humanity descended on Beach Road as more than 19,000 people from various walks of life took part in the sixth edition of the Vizag Navy Marathon here on Sunday.

Dressed in white t-shirts, people irrespective of all ages—women carrying their children, youth, senior citizens, naval personnel, school students enthusiastically participated in the event organised by the Eastern Naval Command (END). A good number of people stood along Beach Road to cheer on the runners.

Youngsters and homemakers were seen taking selfies with the participants during the run.

‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’

Runners from across the country and abroad joined the event that was organised with a theme of ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’, making it an eco-friendly run. The event that promoted the ‘Fit India’ movement was conducted in four categories — full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), 10km ‘Friendship Run’ and 5km ‘Run for Fun’. All the runs were flagged up from Vishwapriya Function Hall.

According to ENC officials, as many as 458 runners participated in 42 km run which was flagged off at 4.15 a.m., while 2,739 runners took part in the 21 km run. The ‘Friendship Run’, which was flagged off by Vice Admiral S.N. Ghormade, Chief of Staff ENC, and Director General of Police (DGP) D. Gautam Sawang at 6.30 a.m., saw around 5,850 participants.

The ‘Run for Fun’ that witnessed a record participation of 10,061 participants was flagged off at 7 a.m. by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC.

Global accreditation

“I, along with my wife and two children, take part in the navy marathon every year. Such events inspire the youth to accord a top priority to fitness,” said 50-year-old Kailash Sundar.

A large number of volunteers managed the hydration points, medical points and rest rooms set up along the route of the marathon from the NTR Statue on RK Beach to Chepaluppada and Bhimili.

According to ENC officials Vizag Navy Marathon, which has been accredited by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS), has become a global event. it is also the qualifier run for the ‘World Marathon Majors’.

Winners’ list

Felix Cheruiyot Rob and Mohit Rathore were adjudged winner and runner-up respectively in the full marathon men’s category, while Nicodemus Kiprugut and Moses Kiptaniu bagged the top two positions in the half marathon. Etregenet Belete and Sally Jebiwott emerged winner and runner-up in the full marathon women’s category respectively, while Caren Jebet Maiyo grabbed the top spot in half-marathon followed by Phoolan Pal.

Vice Admiral Ghormade, DGP Gautam Sawang, VPT Chairman K. Rama Mohana Rao and IOC Executive Director Rahul Bharadwaj presented the cash awards to the winners.

The district administration, city police, GVMC, Tourism Department, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Care Hospitals and others extended their support to the event.

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